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UK Visas and Immigration – Statement of Changes in brief 14th May 2020

The UK Visas and Immigration team have announced changes on the 14th May 2020. Here is a summary of the...

UK Immigration Changes

The Home Office have announced a number of key changes to the current immigration system on the 12th of March...

UK Immigration Visas & Covid-19

UK Immigration Visas have not all been halted and whilst those who are considering applying for a UK visa, there...

UK Innovator visa

UK innovator visa is a UK visa category usually for entrepreneurs who wish to run a company in the United...

UK Visas | Tier 5 UK visas | Temporary work visa

Charity worker visa (Tier 5) This visa is issued who are coming to the UK to do unpaid voluntary work...

UK family visa processing

You require a family visa to reside with a family member in the UK for more than six months. If...

Child adoption | Adopting a child

Child adoption is the way of providing permanent new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological...

Apply to the EU settlement Scheme

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme...

UK innovator visa processing time

You can apply for UK innovator visa if You aspire to set up or run a business to the UK...

UK spouse visa prerequisites and processing time

UK spouse visa allows the married partners of UK citizens to immigrate to the UK because they are married to...

UK Visas and Immigration – Statement of Changes in brief 14th May 2020

The UK Visas and Immigration team have announced changes on the 14th May 2020. Here is a summary of the changes and you can speak to us on 0207 237 3388. You can also email us info@icslegal.com. As part of the UK's new policy on the devolved government, a person who was born in Northern Ireland, would be able to bring their family members and can apply for an immigration status. This is regardless of whether they are Irish or British or both. The provisions of the domestic violence applications under the EEA regulations have been amended. The Start-up and Innovator categories are for business founders who have been endorsed by approved bodies as having innovative, viable and scalable business ideas. Changes are being made to make it clearer that, to be endorsed, applicants must be founders of their businesses and be relying on their own business plans. These changes also clarify that an Innovator applicant’s business may be already trading, providing they were one of its founders. A change has been made to the requirement for students sponsored for their studies in the UK by a government or international scholarship agency, to obtain written consent from the relevant organisation. The change...

UK Immigration Changes

The Home Office have announced a number of key changes to the current immigration system on the 12th of March 2020 and here is a summary of those changes: The Permit Free Festivals are a contribution to the UK's cultural heritage and play an important role towards our diversity. A change has been introduced to allow performers to be paid in the UK. The requirements of the Immigration Rules must be satisfied by an applicant. EU Settlement Scheme is set out in the current Immigration Rules Hc395 and sets out the requirements for an EEA national and their family members to apply for their leave to remain post 31st December 2020. Due to the current pandemic, this may be extended however no published guidelines have been set out. Following the Supreme Court judgment in SM (Algeria) concerning the range of extended family members who can reside with an EEA citizen, there has been a change in adoption to the way in which an extended family member can apply. Those holding an EEA residence card in line the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, will be permitted to make an application under the EEA Settlement Scheme. British Nationals who are returning to the UK...

UK Immigration Visas & Covid-19

UK Immigration Visas have not all been halted and whilst those who are considering applying for a UK visa, there may be a delay in the decision making. Due to the current pandemic, those who are in the UK, and are not able to leave the UK or their visas are coming to expire, will benefit from a number of legal provisions. We wish to confirm that ICS Legal are still open albeit our offices are not open for the public. We can advise you on your current circumstances on the telephone, so you can contact us on 0207 237 3388 between Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, or you can email us on info@icslegal.com.  The Home Office have agreed to extend your visas until 31st May 2020, and will need to demonstrate that you are not able to leave the UK. Contact with the Home Office are required to ensure your UK Visa is extended. Switching in the UK to other immigration categories are permitted. For example as a visitor, you will be allowed to extend your visa in the UK without leaving the UK, subject you meeting the strict guidelines. Those applying from outside of the UK,...

UK Innovator visa

UK innovator visa is a UK visa category usually for entrepreneurs who wish to run a company in the United Kingdom. You need to invest in a new business idea meaning you are not allowed to join or invest into an already established business. You are eligible for this visa if You want to set a business in the UK You are not a national of European economic area and Switzerland Your business or business idea must be endorsed by an approved body You must have at least £50,000 in investment funds if you want to set up a new business. However, you do not require funds if your business is already established and has been endorsed for an earlier visa. Other requirements Aside from important business experience and instruction entrepreneurs must meet the following criteria: You must be at least 18 years of age You must have a valid business plan You must have the ability to support yourself without claiming public funds Your knowledge of English level should be at level B2 You must be a good health You should not make any criminal offence How long it takes to apply for an innovator visa The earliest you...

UK Visas | Tier 5 UK visas | Temporary work visa

Charity worker visa (Tier 5) This visa is issued who are coming to the UK to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity. The work they do must relate to the work of their sponsor’s organizations. Applicants need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer before applying. Eligibility to apply for charity worker visa You have to submit the documents that show you are able to support yourself. So you must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. Besides, it is required to have a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor. Documents you have to provide  When you apply you require providing: A current passport and other valid travel identification You have had at £945 in savings before you apply for 90 days. This is to prove you can support yourself and you must have this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. Apply You must apply online for this visa. You require your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre as part of your application. You will require collecting biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you would arrive in...

UK family visa processing

You require a family visa to reside with a family member in the UK for more than six months. If you are outside the UK you can apply for a family to live with your spouse or partner, fiancé, child, parent, and any relative. If you are inside the UK you can apply to extend your stay with your family member if you are already in the UK on a family visa. However, if you come to the UK on a different visa you may be able to switch to a family visa to reside with your spouse, partner, child or parent. Apply as a partner or spouse in the UK You and your partner both require being 18 or over. Your spouse or partner must be a British citizen or settle in the UK meaning to have indefinite leave to remain. Both of you must be intending to live together permanently in the UK. What you need to prove You must prove that you are in a civil partnership or marriage that is recognised in the UK. Besides, you must have been living together for at least two years while applying. If you are a fiance you must submit...

Child adoption | Adopting a child

Child adoption is the way of providing permanent new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents or extended family. To be adopted a child must be under the age of 18 while making the application. Child must not be married or in a child partnership. Both children’s birth parents should have consent normally to the adoption. However, it is not required to take consent from the parents if they are not found. Moreover, when they are not capable of giving consent due to a mental disability, it is not needed to take the consent. Besides when the child would be put at risk if they were not adopted we do not require taking consent from the parents for the adoption. Prerequisites to adopt a child You may be able to adopt child if You are aged 21 or over You must have a fixed and permanent home in the UK You must have lived in the UK for at least 1 year before you begin the application process Early stages of adoption To adopt a child you can go through either an adoption agency that is part of your local council or a voluntary adoption...

Apply to the EU settlement Scheme

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful you will get either settled or pre-settled status. If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you may be able to stay in the UK without applying. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. Who should apply You need to apply if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. However, when you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but your family member is then you are eligible to apply. You are able to apply if you were born in the UK but you are not British citizen. Besides, when you have a UK permanent residence document you can apply. If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member you are able to apply. You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to enter...

UK innovator visa processing time

You can apply for UK innovator visa if You aspire to set up or run a business to the UK You are from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland You meet the eligibility requirements You must have been at least £50,000 in investment funds if you aspire to run a new business. However, if your business is already established you do not require funds. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You should get your decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK. You can stay three years if you come to the UK on an innovator visa or switch to this visa from another visa. Eligibility You require having your business idea assessed by an approved body. If your business is viable they will provide you an endorsement letter. You must also Meet the English language requirement Be at least 18 years old You must be able to prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while residing in the UK Knowledge of English You may require providing your English language requirement while applying. However, you can prove your knowledge of English by either passing an...

UK spouse visa prerequisites and processing time

UK spouse visa allows the married partners of UK citizens to immigrate to the UK because they are married to someone who is settled in the UK. He or she must be married to a person who is ordinarily resident in the UK and has no immigration restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK. Spouse visa requirements To qualify for a UK spouse visa you should satisfy the following requirements: You and your spouse must be 18 or over You must be intending to reside together permanently You must have met each other and be legitimately fmarried You must have enough money to support yourselves without claiming public funds Your sponsoring partner must earn more than £18,600 per year or have enough savings to be capable to sponsor you. The minimum financial prerequisite is higher if they are additionally sponsoring dependent children. You must fulfil the English language requirements You must have suitable accommodation for you, your spouse and any dependents. UK spouse visa processing time The normal UK Spouse Visa preparing time can change contingent upon a few variables. For instance, your waiting time may fluctuate as indicated by where you make an application from. This...